Emily Cook is a third year graduate student in the BCMB Program at Hopkins. Originally from Philadelphia, she received her B.S. in Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. As an undergraduate, she worked with Jeff Brodsky studying chaperones involved in targeting proteins for Endoplasmic Reticulum Associated Degradation (ERAD). Following graduation, Emily worked in Dr. Richard Proia’s lab at the NIH using iPSCs to generate disease models of the genetic disorders Sandhoff and Tay-Sachs. Since then, Emily’s research interests have focused on genetic disorders affecting the brain. Upon joining the Margolis lab, Emily began working on a project to identify novel substrates of Ube3A, the protein mutated in Angelman Syndrome, a genetic neurodevelopmental disorder. Her work also aims to validate these substrates and evaluate relevant changes in substrates levels and/or function following loss of Ube3A. Outside of lab, Emily enjoys spending weekends at the beach with her family and binge watching crime shows on Netflix.